Richard’s Review of the Tamron 17-50mm F/4 Di III VXD Lens

Nov 22, 2023 | New Product, Product, Reviews

Tamron Singapore is delighted to share an insightful review of the Tamron 17-50mm F/4 Di III VXD lens by professional photographer Richard from ZP Productions. His comprehensive evaluation, conducted using a Sony A1 with an E-mount version of the lens, offers valuable insights for photography enthusiasts and professionals alike.

Unique Focal Range

Richard emphasised the uniqueness of the 17-50mm focal range. Unlike the standard ranges like 17-35mm or 16-35mm commonly seen in the market, this lens offers a versatile three times zoom capability. This feature makes it an excellent choice for various photography styles, from ultra-wide landscapes to standard zoom.

Design and Usability

In his review, Richard highlighted the lens’s lightweight design, weighing just 460 grams, and its user-friendly features, including two rings and a configurable button. The non-extending nature of the lens during zooming is a standout feature for both photographers and videographers, preventing dust and moisture intake and ensuring a consistent balance.

Image Quality and Performance

Richard found the autofocus of the Tamron 17-50mm lens to be quick and efficient, a crucial factor for capturing high-quality images in diverse shooting conditions. The lens demonstrates impressive sharpness at both ends of its focal range, with minimal chromatic aberration. It does not include built-in image stabilization, relying instead on the camera’s stabilization system, which Richard found more than adequate.


This lens is particularly noted for its versatility. Richard praised its performance in a variety of scenarios, from capturing expansive landscapes to detailed portraits. The lens’s macro capabilities at 50mm were also highlighted, offering closer focusing distances and higher magnification.

Video Capabilities

For videography, the lens’s minimal focus breathing and internal zooming mechanism make it an ideal choice. Richard observed that rapid zooming could lead to focus jumping, a minor drawback in otherwise stellar performance for video applications.


Overall, Richard’s review underscores the Tamron 17-50mm F/4 Di III VXD lens as a valuable addition to the mirrorless camera lens market. Its unique focal range, ease of use, and excellent performance in both photography and videography make it an attractive option for a wide range of users.

At Tamron Singapore, we thank Richard for the honest review and are thrilled to see the positive reception of our innovative lens in the photography community.